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Migration and shutting down the host (without dying in the process)

Most analysts agree that we have been witnessing in the last few years the greatest disruption in IT that we have seen in twenty-five years, since the appearance of the Internet and customer/server architectures.

The convergence of technologies like Cloud (IaaS and PaaS), Big Data, Machine Learning, microservices, asynchronous architectures, API Management, etc. and methods such as Scrum, DevOps or continuous delivery allow for the development of digital products in ways that five or ten years ago, when companies like Google started using them, seemed nothing short of magic.

These new ways are radically changing the IT ecosystems of large companies all over the world. This is what we call velocity development. Facing this new technological train, many companies continue basing the core of their business on hosts with architecture and applications that are more than 30 years old. Many of them ask us if it is time to change and how to do it.

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The digital transformation happens without a tie

Digital transformation is one of the topics of the moment that has been analysed and continues to be analysed from different points of view (including mine). In this process, we cannot ignore technology, talent or methodology. But today we are going to go a step further.

If there is something common among all companies, it is that all are formed through formal and informal relationships. What does this have to do with the process of transforming a company? We have compiled 7 informal indicators that will guide us and help us see, very quickly and intuitively, whether or not a company has been transformed digitally.

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The world turned upside down: big companies learning from start-ups culture

Until recently it was considered that there were two ways of doing things in the business world, both of them perfectly valid in their fields: on the one hand, big companies and their hierarchies, their bureaucracy and their control; on the other hand, start-ups and their flexible culture, their lack of hierarchy and their freedom.

Large companies saw start-ups as harmless “toys”, which culture and way to do things were only valid in a specific scenario, with a small volume of business and people.

However, in the last few months there seems to have been a turning point in this respect. Large companies have realized that their bureaucratic and slow way of working does not fit the Internet world, so they started to study the way the start-ups works. They even hired people coming from this environment to head their “digital departments”. The supposed best student copying from the rookie on the final exam.

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VERSUS: Sketch VS Photoshop

Armed with horn-rimmed hipster glasses and bow ties, two designers are setting out on a quest to convince you of the best tool for the modern designer. If you’re looking for a design tool with mobile interface, we have one clear winner: Sketch. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a tool for retouching photographs or colouring illustrations, then Photoshop is the one for you.

For this reason we are comparing both products in order to find the ultimate adaptable tool for the daily activities of a digital designer.

There’s no doubt that we’ll forget one or two things, so please don’t hesitate to comment below with your observations and opinions. And, of course, don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

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The TIOBE Index: How do you measure which programming languages are the most used?

In Paradigma Digital we are passionate about programming (it’s our bread and butter) and we love to find out what are the latest advances in the most used programming languages so that we can offer our clients state of the art solutions.

However, it’s not easy to quantify which languages are being used globally. There are multiple tools on the internet that have designed algorithms in order to measure, in a relatively accurate way, which are the most commonly used languages and which have more developers backing them up and developing them. Amongst them, one of the most well-known is the TIOBE Index.

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9 benefits of a PaaS for aligning IT and Business

A PaaS (Platform as a service) is a Cloud application development platform. It facilitates life-cycle automation tasks, configuration, deployment, and software scaling for teams that focus exclusively on programming the things that really add value to the business.

The most well-known examples are: Openshift, Cloud Foundry, Google App Engine, Amazon Web Services or even Docker has recently brought out its own native solution.

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Digital Transformation: What?, Why?, How?

At this point, we have heard a lot about digital transformation. At Paradigma we have several years of experience with the digitalisation of large companies in Spain and recently we have witnessed a certain confusion about how to implement the digital transformation. Where are we going? Where do we begin?

In this post, we intend to show what a digital transformation consists of, how to approach it and ,most of all, why it is a process which should be imperative for any organisation hoping to survive in the digital age.

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Conductor, the newest tool from Netflix for orchestration of microservices

More and more companies are opting for architectures based on microservices. These microservices are highly specialized, which is why it is often necessary to realise orchestrations of them in order to fulfil a business function. In response to this need, Netflix has recently released Conductor, a new product within the Netflix OSS ecosystem. This product implements a flow orchestrator that runs in cloud environments, implementing each of the tasks through microservices. Today in the blog we will see how it works.

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Sprint 0, key in agile project management

For a while, technology made the difference and that product or service that offered more functionalities was the most likely to dominate a market. But this is no longer the case: we live in the “user era”, and we are no longer asked for a specific functionality, but rather expect “the best experience”. We are asked (almost required) to make, while being useful, a product that is, additionally, simple, nice…

This new approach is something that is already internalised in startups and purely digital companies. Good examples of this are Uber and Airbnb. The whole, the experience that Uber and Airbnb give their users makes them feel VIP and that is what allows them to make a difference with the rest of alternatives… It is not the mere “functionality”.

Source: The Huffington Post

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